Women who vomit at smells homeless after rejecting flat near Lush factory

A pair of women who throw up when they smell strong odours have been left homeless after they turned down a council flat next to a Lush factory.

Cherie Hitchens, 58, and Joanna Morrison, 63, suffer from a condition named multiple chemical sensitivity, which gives them symptoms including racing heartrate, brainfog and rashes when exposed to chemical-type smells

Both have been diagnosed with the condition by their GP, and Ms Morrison has had further treatment by a hospital specialist.

Joanna also suffers from asthma and diabetes. Cherie also suffers from spinal stenosis, Graves Disease and has recently recovered from cancer, with both being part-time wheelchair users.

They had been living in temporary accommodation provided by Dorset Council in Wareham for a year prior to the incident, reports DorsetLive.

After being told the only permanent accommodation available was a bungalow in Upton, which is one mile from the soap factory for high street retailer Lush, Cherie and Joanna said they had no choice but to turn the offer down.

They now say they have been left homeless as a result, and have most recently been living in a hotel.

Cherie told DorsetLive: "They evicted us because we said no to one permanent bungalow in Upton.

"We said no to that because it was right next to the carriageway, there were lots of Lush smells, lots of people working for Lush – we are allergic to scented products, they make us very ill.

She also revealed that that spells spent 'sofa-surfing' at family and friends' accommodation had been unsuccessful because they "use scented products", which they had done themselves prior to developing the condition.

Adding that private landlords in areas away from strong smelling industrial estates had refused them due to them being on housing benefit, Cherie added: "No disabled person deserves this – the way we are being treated."

She also said that their situation had left her and Ms Morrison with mental health problems.

A spokesman for Dorset Council told DorsetLive: “The council is unable to go into detail on individual cases.

“However, there is a very clear legal procedure the council has to follow in offering residents a suitable property.

“The consequences of refusing to accept a property, which is deemed suitable, are clearly communicated in writing and verbally.

“Decisions can also be reviewed and go through the court system.

“The council also has an obligation to use temporary accommodation in the best way possible for all residents.”

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